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HISTORY OF PERSIA                CHAP.
vingt pas de distance, il y avoit douze Chevaux des plus
beaux de F&urie du Roi, six de chaque c6t6, couverts de
harnois les plus superbes & magnifiques qu'on puisse
voir au monde. Quatre harnois 6toient d'Emeraudes,
deux de Rubis, deux de pierres de couleur melees avec
des Diamans, deux autres 6toient d'Or 6maille & deux
autres de fin Or lisse. ... A trente pas des Chevaux, il
y avoit des BŁtes farouches dressŁes a combattre centre
des jeunes Taureaux. Deux Lions, un Tygre, et un
Leopard, attachez, & chacun 6tendu sur un grand Tapis
cT&arlate, la tete tournŁe vers le Palais." 1
During his long reign Sulayman received many
embassies, and among the most brilliant was one from
France, whose ambassador termed himself " General and
Ambassador from the Great King of Europe." He also
continued the tradition of the family at Meshed, and
repaired the golden dome which had been damaged by an
earthquake, mentioned by Chardin. In commemoration
of this pious deed an inscription may be read, dated
A.H. 1086 (1676), in which he refers to himself as cc The
Reviver of the ancient ruins of his Ancestors.*'2
The Musalla, or " Place of Prayer," outside Meshed
was also constructed in this reign. The main arch is
decorated with a long quotation from the Koran in white
letters on a blue background, and on each side near the
ground are ten lines of an inscription with yellow letters
on a blue ground.3 The building is striking even in
its decay.
The Accession of Shah Sultan Husayn, A.H. 1105 (1694).
—It is stated that when Sulayman lay on his deathbed he
said to his,eunuch advisers, "If you wish for ease, elevate
Husayn Mirza ; if you desire the glory of Persia, Abbas
Mirza" Needless to say> the former son was chosen,
and upon his accession he proved a mixture of meekness
and piety, qualities as much out of place as in the case of
Edward the Confessor, his English prototype. He was
also noted for his uxoriousness. The piety of Husayn,
translated into action, placed mullas and eunuchs in the
1 Vol. iii. p. 219.
2 Historical Mates, etc., p. 1137.                            3 Ibid. p. 1153.